California Division 2 All-State Team
Player of the year: Tyler Gaffney, Cathedral
Coach of the year: Darren Bennett, Tulare
Note: Congratulations to the four area players for making this prestigious state list. For a complete list of the teams, click the thread.
Division II First Team Defense
DL - Evan Williams, Charter Oak (Covina), 6-2, 250, Sr
Williams helped Charter Oak win a Southern Section Southeast Division title by racking up 92 tackles and 11 sacks. Named the Southeast Division defensive player of the year.
DB - Tra Sumler, Rosemead, 5-11, 205, Sr
The Pasadena Star News player of the year, Sumler ran for 2,451 yards on the season with 33 touchdowns and also had 15 sacks on defense. Helped the Panthers post an 11-2 record and reach the Mid-Valley Division championship game.
DB - Brandon Sermons, Diamond Ranch (Pomona), 6-1, 185, Sr
Sermons was named to the all-area team by the Inland Daily Bulletin while helping Diamond Ranch reach the Southeast Division championship game. Sermons, who had 51 tackles on the season, is headed to UCLA next year.
Second Team, Defense
P - Bobby Maldonado, Rosemead, 5-11, 185, Sr
One of the top kickers in the state, Maldonado could also punt the ball as he averaged 42 yards a kick with 14 landing inside the 20. He also had 47 touchbacks on kickoffs and booted nine field goals during the season.
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Division II, first team offense
WR – James Johnson, Valley Center, 6-1, 205, Sr
Johnson earned All-San Diego honors for the second straight season. He caught 57 passes for 1,245 yards and 17 touchdowns in helping Valley Center to an 11-2 record and a San Diego Section Division 4 championship. Over the past two seasons, Johnson has caught 131 passes for 2,827 yards and 35 touchdowns. Johnson has yet to decide where he will play in college.
WR – Diante Jackson, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek), 6-3, 205, Sr
Although slowed a bit by injury this year, Jackson still managed to earn All-East Bay and All-Bay Area honors while catching 61 passes for 1,021 yards. Helped Las Lomas reach the North Coast Section Division 2 semifinals, providing the game-winning catch in a quarterfinal matchup with Rancho Cotate. Jackson originally committed to Oregon, but changed course this week by choosing Colorado.
WR – Roberto Nelson, Santa Barbara, 6-3, 195, Sr
One of the top basketball players in the state, Nelson also proved to be adept on the gridiron as he hauled in 70 passes in the Dons’ prolific passing attack for 1,248 yards and 20 touchdowns. He scored at least two touchdowns in eight games. A three-year varsity starter, Nelson caught 112 passes for 2,154 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career. He’s headed to Oregon State to play basketball.
TE – Levine Toilolo, Helix (La Mesa), 6-8, 247, Sr
A huge target at 6-foot-8, Toilolo earned All-San Diego County honors after catching 27 passes for 395 yards and seven touchdowns for the Highlanders. He helped Helix posted a 10-2-1 record with a runnerup finish in the Division 2 championship game to Oceanside. He’s committed to play at Stanford.
OL – Kevin Graf, Agoura, 6-6, 316, Sr
Headed to play at USC next year, Graf was voted the Lineman of the Year by the Ventura County Coaches Association. Played in the Under Armour All-American game and is one of the top-ranked linemen in the country by Tom Lemming.
OL – Nick Abele, Irvine, 6-6, 255, Sr
A force on both sides of the ball for Irvine, Abele was all-county by the Orange County Register and is one of the hottest un-committed linemen in California. He is considering offers from Arizona State and Oregon State.
OL – Everett Benyard, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 6-6, 320, Sr
Benyard helped clear the way for the state’s leading scorer, Tyler Gaffney, while helping Cathedral Catholic win the CIF Division 2 state championship. An all-area pick by the San Diego Union-Tribune, Benyard is headed to Oregon next season.
OL – Brian Schwenke, Oceanside, 6-4, 270, Sr
An all-San Diego area selection, Schwenke was a standout for the Pirates on their two section championship teams the past two years. Schwenke has committed to play at Cal next year.
OL – Greg Capella, El Diamante (Visalia), 6-4, 325, Sr
The most dominating lineman in the Central Section, Capella paved the way for Stefphon Jefferson, who rushed for over 2,800 yards this season. A two-time Fresno Bee all-area selection, Capella has given a verbal commitment to UCLA.
QB – Ryan Kasdorf, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 6-2, 195, Jr
Losing All-American quarterback Dane Crist to graduation was no problem for the Knights thanks to the emergence of Kasdorf, who earned the Gatorade Player of the Year honor for California. Kasdorf completed 69 percent of his passes (171-248) for 3,291 yards and 36 touchdowns. Six times Kasdorf threw four touchdowns in a game while leading Notre Dame to a 10-0 regular season and a Serra League championship. The junior-dominated Knights fell in the second round of the Pac-5 Division playoffs to Lutheran.
QB – Cody Vaz, St. Mary’s (Stockton), 6-2, 205, Sr
Vaz led the Rams to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 1 championship game two years in a row, winning it all in 2008 with a win over Pleasant Grove. Vaz shined in St. Mary’s loss to Cathedral Catholic in the CIF Division 2 championship game, completing 31 of 46 passes for 336 yards and four touchdowns. He finished the season with 257 completions in 389 attempts for 3,848 yards and 32 touchdowns. He ends his career 476 of 725 for 7,171 yards and 65 scores. Headed to play at Oregon State.
RB – Deontae Cooper, Citrus Hill (Perris), 6-0, 175, Jr
The Hawks have won 28 straight games and CIF Southern Section titles in the East Valley and the Eastern Division. Cooper has been a big reason why as he rushed for a state-best 2,948 yards on 268 carries with 43 touchdowns this year. Just a junior, Cooper already has 4,291 career rushing yards (384 carries) with 61 touchdowns.
DIVISION 2 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
RB – Tyler Gaffney, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 6-0, 215, Sr
Gaffney capped back-to-back San Diego Section Division 3 championship season with a spectacular 329-yard, 5-touchdown performance in Cathedral’s 37-34 win over St. Mary’s in the CIF Division 2 championship game. Gaffney, who was named the San Diego area’s most valuable player, scored the winning touchdown on a 51-yard run and finished the season with a state-best 56 scores. Besides rushing for 2,882 yards, Gaffney also caught 28 passes for 478 yards. Over the past two seasons, Gaffney has rushed for 4,281 yards and scored 81 times. Although undecided about his college plans, Gaffney has offers from Stanford, Notre Dame and USC.
RB – Zach Graves, Whitney (Rocklin), 5-9, 163, Sr
Graves led Whitney to a 13-0 record and a Sac-Joaquin Section Division 4 championship in just its third year of existence. The Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year, Graves rushed for a Sacramento area best 2,783 yards on 318 carries and scored 39 touchdowns. He saved his best for last, rushing for 302 yards and three scores in Whitney’s 35-14 section championship win over Placer. For his career, Graves has run for 4,218 yards on 542 carries with 56 touchdowns. He’ll play at Montana next year.
Ath – Jontell Reedom, Tulare, 6-0, 205, Sr
The Tulare County Offensive Player of the Year has been one of the most productive running backs in the state the past two seasons. After rushing for 2,707 yards last year during a 13-1 campaign, Reedom gained 2,273 yards in 2008, but on 132 fewer carries (354 to 222), while leading the Redskins to a 13-0 season and a Central Section Division 2 championship. He also helped make Tulare Union one of the most prolific scoring teams in the state by getting into the end zone 43 times including 39 on the ground. Reedom ends his career with the Redskins with 5,693 yards on 712 carries with 79 touchdowns in three seasons on the varsity. Reedom will reportedly play at the junior college level next year.
K – Roman Ferreira, Cathedral Catholic (San Diego), 5-7, 145, Sr
You might not find a stronger leg in California than the one belonging to Ferreira. Of Ferreira’s 80 kickoffs for the 14-0 Dons this year, only 20 were returned, giving him a state-best 60 touchbacks. He also converted a state-record 88 extra points (according to Cal-Hi Sports) and nailed eight field goals to give him the state lead in kick scoring with 112 points. He was a first-team All-San Diego Union-Tribune honoree and converted 117 out of 118 extra points in his career at Cathedral.
First Team Defense
DL – Nate Ware, El Diamante (Visalia), 6-2, 190, Sr
A two-time all-Tulare County selection, Ware was the defensive player of the year in the West Yosemite League while registering 19.5 sacks and 69 tackles.
DL – Cole Sandoval, Moorpark, 6-1, 240, Sr
Sandoval was named the defensive player of the year by the Los Angeles Daily News and was also named the defensive player of the year in the Marmonte League. A first-team All-Ventura County pick, Sandoval had 76 tackles and four sacks.
DL – Anthony Larceval, Helix (La Mesa), 6-1, 262, Sr
Larceval was the defensive player of the year by the East County Times and was a first team pick on the San Diego Union-Tribune all-area team.
LB – Jaycob Shoemaker, Casa Roble (Orangevale), 6-1, 235, Sr
Shoemaker was named the Sacramento Bee’s All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year while posting 169 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions, including one in overtime in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship game against Inderkum.
LB – Garrett Gilliland, Lutheran (Orange), 6-0, 205, Jr
Gilliland led a stout Lancer defense at linebacker, earning Trinity League defensive player of the year honors. He had 76 tackles on the season including 11 sacks.
LB – Jordan Barrett, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 6-3, 225, Sr
Barrett was named the Serra League’s defensive most valuable player while helping the Knights post three shutouts and 11 straight wins.
LB – James Guerrero, Tulare, 5-11, 215, Sr
Besides playing quarterback for the Redskins with 2,059 yards through the air and 32 touchdowns, Guerrero was also one of the top linebackers in the Central Section. He earned defensive player of the year honors in the East Yosemite League and was named the Tulare Advance Register’s defensive MVP.
LB – Brendan Daley, Moorpark, 6-4, 235, Sr
Daley earned linebacker of the year honors from the Ventura County Coaches Association while registering 118 tackles, 17 for loss, with six sacks and an interception.
DB – T.J. McDonald, Edison (Fresno), 6-3, 215, Sr
The son of former San Francisco 49er Tim McDonald, who is also the Edison coach, T.J. McDonald emerged as one of the top defensive backs in the country. He was named the defensive player of the year in the County Metro Athletic Conference and helped Edison to a 9-3 overall record. McDonald will follow in his father’s footsteps and play at USC.
DB – Justin Lilley, Westlake (Westlake Village), 5-10, 190, Sr
A three-year starter at Westlake, Lilley was in on 130 tackles this year and also had four sacks and an interception. Earned all-league honors all three seasons on the varsity and had 287 career tackles.
P – Matt Darr, Frontier (Bakersfield), 6-2, 215, Jr
Playing for one of the newest schools in Bakersfield, Darr had one of the best punting averages in the state with 46 yards per kick. Darr was also a standout at linebacker with 93 tackles and eight sacks on the season.
MAXPREPS DIVISION 2 COACH OF THE YEAR
Darren Bennett, Tulare Union, Central Section Division 2 Champions, 13-0
Bennett has built a powerhouse in the Central Section as the Redskins were one of the highest scoring teams in the state with 645 points during a 13-0 season. Blessed with two standouts on offense in James Guerrero and Jontell Reedom, Bennett defeated rival El Diamante 42-33 for the Central Section Division 2 championship and made a good argument for the Redskins’ selection as the Southern California representative in the Division 2 state championship game.
Second Team Offense
WR – Ronnie Hillman, La Habra, 5-11, 175, Sr
A two-way star for the Southwest Division champion Highlanders, Hillman ran 97 times for 1,251 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 56 passes for 853 yards and 13 scores. He was the Southeast Division player of the year as a junior and has helped La Habra win the Southeast title the past two seasons. Hillman has committed to play at San Diego State.
WR – Tristan Baer, Casa Roble (Orangevale), 6-1, 180, Sr
Baer led the Sacramento area in touchdown receptions with 21, including the gamewinner in overtime against Inderkum in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship game. Baer finished the season with 51 receptions for 1,153 yards and was an All-Metro choice by the Sacramento Bee.
WR – James Flynn, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), 5-11, 180, Sr
Flynn was recognized on the Los Angeles Daily News All-Area team after catching 48 passes for 1,112 yards and 19 touchdowns during the season. He had at least three touchdowns in three games, including a 42-0 playoff win over Compton. Flynn has yet to decide on a college choice for next year.
TE – Bryson Lloyd, Santa Barbara, 6-3, 230, Sr
Perhaps no receiver in the state has caught more passes over the past three seasons than Lloyd, who led the state in 2008 with 108 catches from his tight end position. Besides catching passes for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns this year, Lloyd has latched on to 174 passes for 2,081 yards and 20 scores in his three-year varsity career. Lloyd’s best outing came against Thousand Oaks when he caught 24 passes for 220 yards and a touchdown.
OL – Zachary Burge, Servite (Anaheim), 6-4, 253, Sr
Burge was co-lineman of the year in the Trinity League and also made the all-county first team by the Orange County Register. He is reportedly considering offers from Cal Poly SLO, Montana State and Sacramento State.
OL – Chris Tozer, Valley Christian (San Jose), 6-4, 295, Sr
Tozer was the top blocker for Cameron Marshall on the Valley Christian offensive line and he earned All-Bay Area second team honors from the San Francisco Chronicle.
OL – Ryan Gates, Paradise, 6-0, 205, Sr
Called by coach Rick Prinz “the top lineman that we’ve had in my 10 years here at Paradise.” Gates was an All-Northern Section first team pick and helped the Bobcats win the Northern Section Division 1 championship with an 11-1 record.
OL – Tyler Kenobbie, Casa Roble (Orangevale), 5-11, 295, Sr
Kenobbie was named the co-lineman of the year in the Capital Athletic League and helped block for a 2,000-yard rusher in Matt Satchwell. Kenobbie was a three-year starter at center for the Rams, who won the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship and finished with a 13-0 record.
OL – Hroniss Grasu, Crespi (Encino), 6-3, 250, Jr
One of the top underclass linemen in the state, Grasu earned first team all-area honors by the Los Angeles Daily News and was all-league for the second straight season.
QB – Jordan Wynn, Oceanside, 6-3, 190, Sr
Wynn led the Pirates to a 24-1-1 record over the past two seasons with a pair of San Diego Section Division 2 championships and a CIF Division 2 championship in 2007. A two-time All-San Diego selection, Wynn completed 182 of 288 passes for 3,293 yards and 32 touchdowns this year. For his career, Wynn is 348 of 571 for 5,872 yards and 51 touchdowns. Wynn has committed to play at Utah next year.
QB – John Uribe, Santa Barbara, 6-1, 180, Sr
Uribe finished the season as the second-leading passer in the state for yardage as he amassed 4,164 yards in just 11 games (341 for 527). He finished with 45 touchdown passes on the year, including seven in one game against both San Luis Obispo and San Marcos. He threw for over 500 yards twice, including a high of 574. For his career, Uribe completed 488 passes in 811 attempts for 6,312 yards and 67 touchdowns. Uribe is still undecided on a college choice for next year.
RB – Cameron Marshall, Valley Christian (San Jose), 5-10, 205, Sr
Marshall led Valley Christian to the Open Division championship game as he finished the season with 1,914 yards on 229 carries with 25 touchdowns. Earned All-Mercury News honors and was a second team All-Bay Area pick by the San Francisco Chronicle. Marshall has not made a college choice yet.
RB – Dasarte Yarnway, Sacred Heart Cathedral (San Francisco), 6-0, 220, Sr
Bound for Cal, Yarnway guided Sacred Heart Cathedral to an 8-5 season, but the Fightin’ Irish also won the Central Coast Section Small Schools Division with a 38-21 win over Sacred Heart Prep with Yarnway rushing for 230 yards and two touchdowns. The title was the first in 40 years for Sacred Heart Cathedral. Yarnway finished the season with 2,180 yards on 282 carries with 24 touchdowns.
RB – Stefphon Jefferson, El Diamante (Visalia), 6-0, 195, Sr
Jefferson finished second in the state in rushing this year with 2,862 yards. He also scored 34 touchdowns and helped get El Diamante into the section championship game for the second straight season. The offensive player of the year in the West Yosemite League, Jefferson will play at the University of Nevada next season.
Ath – Jonathan Brown, Encinal (Alameda), 6-0, 200, Sr
The Contra Costa Times player of the year, Brown did a little bit of everything for the 13-0 Jets. Besides completing 67 of 121 passes for 1,364 yards and 28 touchdowns, Brown also ran the ball 81 times for 862 yards and nine scores. Brown was also a force on defense at linebacker, finishing the year with 92 tackles, eight sacks and two blocked punts.
K – Bobby Wenzig, Westview (San Diego), 6-1, 175, Sr
Wenzig earned all-area honors from the North County Times after booting 12 field goals and 43 extra points this year. He had 53 touchbacks on kickoffs this year and was also one of the state’s top punters with a 41-yard average.
Second Team Defense
DL – Morgan Breslin, Las Lomas (Walnut Creek), 6-3, 220, Sr
Breslin was the leader on defense for Las Lomas, which reached the third round of the North Coast Section Division 2 playoffs. Earned a first-team spot on the San Francisco Chronicle’s All-Bay Area team.
DL – Chris Robinson, Tustin, 6-1, 265, Sr
Robinson was named the lineman of the year in the Century League and also earned all-county honors by the Orange County Register while racking up 11 sacks and leading Tustin to the Southwest Division championship game.
DL – John Maschio, Monterey, 5-8, 165, Sr
Maschio was the defensive lineman of the year in the Monterey Bay League and also earned all-county honors after posting 23.5 sacks during the season.
DL – Trent Eskew, Liberty (Bakersfield), 6-2, 210, Sr
Eskew was in on 16 sacks during the season and earned all-area honors from the Bakersfield Californian.
LB – LaDon Hudson, Inderkum (Natomas) 6-3, 200, Sr
A Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team pick, Hudson helped lead Inderkum to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division 3 championship game by amassing 94 tackles on the season. Named the most valuable player in the Tri-County League.
LB – Patrick Su’a, Highland (Bakersfield), 6-2, 210, Sr
The Bakersfield Californian honored Su’a as its most valuable defensive player. Su’a flew all over the field, compiling 75 tackles and 44 assists for 119 total tackles. He also had two interceptions and two fumble recoveries and was named the defensive MVP in the Southeast Yosemite League. Will play at Fresno State next season.
LB – Justin Vae’ena, Oceanside, 6-1, 220, Sr
Vae-ena was the leading tackler in the Pirate defense as he had a whopping 162 tackles during the season including 6 sacks and an interception. He was named to the all-area team by the San Diego Union Tribune. Also plays baseball for the Pirates.
LB – Tony Casillas, Madison (San Diego), 5-10, 190, Sr
Casillas earned all-area honors after spearheading the Madison defense with 126 tackles and three sacks. He helped the Warhawks post a 12-1 record and a runner-up finish in the San Diego Section Division 4 playoffs. He was named the defensive player of the year in the Central League.
DB – Josh Harper, St. Mary’s (Stockton), 6-2, 190, Jr
Harper was a threat on offense or defense for the Rams. A foot injury prevented him from playing in the state championship game against Cathedral Catholic, but he made his presence known during the season by catching 67 passes for 1,024 yards and 10 touchdowns and picking off five passes on defense.
DB – Bijon Samoodi, Servite (Anaheim), 5-8, 165, Sr
The Friar defensive back earned all-county honors for the second season in a row while posting 102 tackles and three interceptions. Also made the All-Pac-5 team on defense.
DB – Robert Refsnyder, Laguna Hills, 6-0, 200, Sr
Refsnyder was a do-everything player for Laguna Hills as he rushed for 552 yards and 10 touchdowns and threw for 917 yards and nine scores. Helped lead Laguna Hills to a 13-0 record and the Southern Division championship in the Southern Section. Refsnyder was also named to the Orange County Register’s all-county second team at defensive back.
DB – Terrence Brown, Lutheran (Orange), 5-11, 170, Sr
Another standout defender on one of the best defensive units in Orange County, Brown earned second team all-county honors from the Orange County Register. Brown has yet to make a college choice but has entertained several offers from Pac-10 schools.
DB – Patrick Peterson, Ventura, 5-9, 170, Sr
Peterson was one of the top defenders for Ventura, which went 6-5 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Besides making 98 tackles on the season, Peterson had seven interceptions, including five in one game against Santa Barbara. Earned all-county honors from the Ventura County Coaches Association.